Independent, Cello Samba Trio, Eliane Elias, Dianne Reeves
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Rafael Barata is a self-taught drummer based in NY. He started playing at the age of 5 and has played and recorded with many impressive artists such as Leny Andrade, Emilio Santiago, Rosa Passos, Lisa Ono, Jaques Morelenbaum, Kenny Barron, Milton Nascimento, Edu Lobo, Roberto Menescal, João Donato, Marcos Valle, Ivan Lins and Eliane Elias, who he worked with on Grammy award winning album, Made in Brazil. Rafael tours all around the world with several projects including Eliane Elias Quartet (Eliane Elias, Marc Johnson and Rubens de La Corte), Cello Samba Trio (Jaques Morelenbaum and Lula Galvão) and lately with the multi awarded artist Dianne Reeves.
Listening to the music, the life presented me through the legends of Brazilian music and jazz. Love and passion in my life: Lara and my kids! Playing with my friends, somebody I really admire. The PERFECT sound of my instrument. My UNIQUE CYMBAL set of colors and my drums. That will really inspire me and it will make me happy.
LOVE somebody, play with PASSION, catch the ENERGY from audiences and trade it… LISTEN to the players… Pursuit your SOUND. CLOSE YOUR EYES and play it in the music. Add FEELING, EMPATHY, EGOLESSNESS… LEARN how to balance all of this… Then you will reach the state of art. Remember: Play as if it was the last time in your life.
I love to match Keropes with Avedis and K Lights. But having some EFXs from crystal sounds (mini cups) to trashes (K EFX, Special Dry and Trashformers) are amazing!! Why Keropes? Timeless. Why Avedis? Legacy.
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